War On Our Doorstep 1939 – Trio Literati

WW2 raised hat warmTune into life at the outbreak of war through three Northern diary writers — a housewife, a theatre buff, and a raw recruit to the Army Medical Corps.   From the price of blackout materials, to backstage dramas, to square bashing and lectures on VD, their personal stories give a colourful picture of our community as the world slid into war.

Like the famous “Housewife,49” two of the diarists were volunteers for Mass Observation, set up in 1938 to record everyday life in Britain.

Trio Literati  — “full of energy, wit and style” — are known for their lively mix of thought-provoking content, and light-hearted, clear delivery.  Their versatile musicians — Eleanor Rastall (soprano, keyboard) and Will Rastall (percussion)  — add to the WW2 ambience with the smoky, nostalgic, foot-tapping music of  “Forces’ Favourites”:  The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, Vera Lynn and more.

Tickets cost £9 (£7.50 concessions) and are on sale at ticketsource.co.uk/partingtontheatre and at Bay Tree Books, High St. West, Glossop.

More about Trio Literati at  www.trioliterati.org.uk

The Players 

Maggie Mash started her broadcasting career in BBC radio, but is perhaps best known as continuity announcer for Yorkshire TV. She is a reader of audio books and audio guides, and an audio describer at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North.  

Jane Oakshott is an actor, script writer and performance coach. She set up Trio Literati in 2003 and Leeds Voice Day in 2008. Jane was appointed MBE in 2008 for her pioneering revival of street performance of the Mystery Plays.  

Richard Rastall is Emeritus Professor of Historical Musicology at Leeds University, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries: his writings on early music include books, articles, and music editions. He has acted all his life – often the fool, and rarely his age. 

Will Rastall Born in Leeds and now working as an actor in London, Will’s Will photo_ theatre publicitytheatre credits include Lady Anna (Park Theatre); Gods & Monsters (Southwark Playhouse);  Romeo and Juliet (Greenwich Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre of the Dales). Television and film credits include Game of Thrones (HBO); Guilt (Netflix); Bill (BBC Films); Eastenders (BBC);  and the multi-award-winning My Feral Heart (RumJam Films). 

 Trio-literati-Ele 40's mode_WW2Eleanor Rastall comes from Headingley and holds an MMus with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Performances range from classical opera and oratorio to incidental music for The Royal Shakespeare Company and cabaret concerts at the Musical Museum in Kew. Eleanor also runs regular choir and workshop sessions for Music in Offices and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, among others. www.eleanorrastall@co.uk